Chief Social Policy, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo

City: Kinshasa

Office: UNICEF Kinshasa

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Chief Social Policy, P5, Kinshasa, DRC, #72565 (Open for non-DRC nationals only)

Job no: 549654

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Democratic Republic of Congo Division/Equivalent: Dakar (WCAR), Senegal

School/Unit: Democratic Republic of Congo

Department/Office: Kinshasa, Dem. Rep. of Congo

Categories: Social Policy

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Equity

Despite vast natural resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest countries in the world. Extreme poverty, economic crisis, conflict situations, food insecurity, epidemic outbreaks, etc. are all factors that negatively impact the social situation and well-being of Congolese people, especially women and children.The county has the third largest population in Africa with an estimated 90 million inhabitants, 54% of whom are children under 18. Although DRC has made significant progress in reducing child mortality and access to education for children, a majority of children remain deprived of many of their rights.

How can you make a difference?

The Chief, Social Policy reports to the Representative for general guidance and direction, and is responsible for leading, managing and supervising all stages of social policy programming and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at improving (a) public policies to reduce child poverty; (b) social protection coverage and impact on children; (c) the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management; and (d) governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the quality, equity and coverage of social services. This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, child protection, water and sanitation, HIV...

The key functions and duties are as per the following:

Managerial leadership

Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability for increased use for policy and programme action

Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children

Improving the use of public financial resources for children

Strengthening capacity of local governments to plan, budget, consult on and monitor child-focused social services.

Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for child-sensitive social policy

UNICEF Programme Management

For more information on the Job profile, press click: Chief, Social Policy P5.pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...

An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field. *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

A minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience is required.

Experience working in a developing country is considered a strong asset.

Background and/or familiarity with emergencies is considered a strong asset.

Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies that Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness; Works Collaboratively with others; Builds and Maintains Partnerships; Innovates and Embraces Change; Thinks and Acts Strategically; Drives to achieve impactful results; and Manages ambiguity and complexity.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to delivering the best results for children. For this position, suitable female candidates will receive preferential consideration and selection, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements stated above. Therefore, we strongly encourage qualified female candidates to apply.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or an offer of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

Advertised: May 03 2022 W. Central Africa Standard Time Application close: May 17 2022 W. Central Africa Standard Time

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